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Lawrence R. Armstrong


Lawrence has a unique, diverse design background, and embodies a renaissance approach to life. He is not only a talented artist, but an accomplished architect, designer and CEO of a dynamic, international architecture firm, Ware Malcomb. He received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree (1980) and Bachelor of Science in Architecture (1979) from Kent State University, where he also spent a semester studying abroad in Italy. He is a licensed architect in over 40 states.

Lawrence is well known for his strategic, visionary approach to design and business. His focus on creativity and innovation influence all of his artistic endeavors. When Lawrence is not running his architectural practice, he is working in his art studio or traveling with his camera and sketchbooks. His international travels have influenced his art as well. He has traveled extensively throughout the world including North America, Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Middle East.

Lawrence has completed a number of international art exhibitions in Florence, Bologna, Milan and Vienna. His recent showings include: Iocandina Synchronies in Madrid from October 2-15, Art Tour International in Toronto from September 11-27, and Art Tour International in Miami from September 5 – 12. Armstrong’s paintings and sculptures are currently being displayed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and in Irvine, California.

Armstrong has received numerous individual awards for personal art and design, including: Shaker Square Circle within a Square Design Competition, Cleveland Award, Terminal Tower Design Competition Award, OC Design Community Art Exhibition, Artavita 9th Contest, ATIM Masters Award, ATIM Choice Award, Artavita 10th Contest and AIA Honor Award.


"My work, both in art and architecture, represents an ongoing exploration of the concept of layers: both how they interact and intersect with one another, and also the meanings contained within. Layers are to be found everywhere: in space and time, in intellect, in emotion, and in the synthesis and interpretation of form. Whether two- or three-dimensional in scope, the artwork that results is almost multi-sensory in nature, eliciting from the viewer a multifaceted experience of the wondrous complexity that ultimately composes our world. A piece of artwork is often precipitated by flashes of light and inspiration derived from anything from written text to music to a particular event. Regardless of its origins, through my art I explore the natural tension inherent in opposing forces, whether it’s the natural world versus built environments, or other paradigms such as chaos/order, free form/precision, random/planned action, and solid/void."